U Street tribute is big step for troupe
By Jean Battey Lewis for The Washington Times
Fabian Barnes founded Dance Institute of Washington in 1987 to provide dance training for city children. When he began, his program was modest and his commitment part-time. In those early years, I remember him working with neophyte students for a small public showing, rehearsing in a tiny church basement, with his young dancers trying to maneuver around large pillars.
In the past few years, DIW has made powerful strides forward. Counting summer dance programs and classes held in two inner-city schools, about 800 students are taught by DIW each year.
Next week, DIW launches its most ambitious venture: Washington Reflections Dance Project, a professional company of six dancers that includes students who have graduated from DIW as well as professional dancers recently recruited. click for more